Artist Of The Day: Marc Lavoine
Marc Lavoine was born on August 6, 1962 in Longjumeau, France. During his teens, he hesitated between acting & singing and started to write songs. However, at 16, he became a member of an acting club & was an usher at Paris’ Olympia. He attended many concerts with French stars & met Fabrice Aboulker, who became his composer & producer. In 1982, Marc was sent to Lyon to be part of a hard-rock band, Your Vice, but the experience was finally short & he went back to Paris.
Still hesitating between acting & singing, he played a role in “Pause CafÃ©” in 1981, which star was VÃ©ronique Jannot. In 1983, he released his first single, “Je N’Sais MÃªme Plus De Quoi J’Ai L’Air”. The following year, he became known with his single “Pour Une Biguine Avec Toi”. In 1985, his song “Les Yeux Revolver” became one of the teenagers’ favourite song : he released his first album Le Parking Des Anges the same year. In 1987, he released Fabrique, his second album. One of the singles was a duet, “Qu’Est-Ce Que T’Es Belle”, with Rita Mitsouko leader Catherine Ringer. The romantic singer started to show another face of him. In 1989, he released his third album, Les Amours Du Dimanche, sold to 300,000 copies. Marc started to be one of the best.
In 1992, two singles were successful. “Paris”, title track of his fourth album, is a tribute to the French capital, & “L’Amour De Trente Secondes” is about the life of a prostitute. The following year, he released his fifth album Faux RÃªveur.
Marc never gave up acting. In 1994, Claude Chabrol directed the film “L’Enfer” in which Marc was acting with Emmanuelle BÃ©art. In 1995, JÃ©rÃ´me Savary directed the musical “Cabaret”, in which Marc played. The same year, he recorded a duet with VÃ©ronique Sanson, “Une Nuit Sur Son Epaule”.
In 1996, he released his sixth album Lavoine-Matic, the single “C’Est Ca La France” was an anthem of tolerance & he received a Victoire De La Musique for “Video”. The prize was given by his friend Princess Erika, who sang the duet on “Les Hommes Sont Des Femmes Comme Les Autres”.
In 1997, he played a role in “Le Juge Est Une Femme”, TV series with Florence Pernel, and in 1999, he played in “Evamag” TV series : the heroÃ¯ne was played by Chantal Lauby.
In 1999, his seventh album SeptiÃ¨me Ciel came out. The first single of this album was “Les Tournesols”. Marc worked with Jean-Jacques Goldman & Pascal Obispo for some songs.
In 2000, he played the lead role of the telefilm “Dans La Gueule Du Loup”.
In 2001, he released his eighth album, self-titled, recorded with a philharmonic orchestra. The album included duets with Cristina Marocco, an Italian singer & actress, FranÃ§oise Hardy, a well-known singer, & Claire Keim, an actress.
In 2003, he released the single “Dis-Moi Que L’Amour” & his live album Olympia Deux Mille Trois. The same year, he was the co-star of Marc Esposito’s film “Le Coeur Des Hommes”.
In 2005, L’Heure D’Ã©tÃ©, Marc’s ninth album, came out & included the singles “Je M’Sens Si Seul”, “Toi Mon Amour” & “J’EspÃ¨re”, a duet with Vietnamese Quynh Anh. Early 2006, he was the star of another Marc Esposito film “Toute La BeautÃ© Du Monde”. In 2007, he released his 2 Best Of Les Duos De Marc & Les Solos De Marc, both certified gold. He also played in 2 films, Marc Esposito’s “Le Coeur Des Hommes 2″ & Anne-Marie Etienne’s “Si C’Etait Lui”.
In 2009, Marc released his tenth studio album Volume 10, composed by Fabrice Aboulker, Bertrand Burgalat & Christophe Casanave, including 2 duets : “La Grande Amour” with ValÃ©rie Lemercier & “Lentement” with his daughter Yasmine Lavoine. The first single from the album was “La Semaine Prochaine”. The same year, he played in Elie Chouraqui’s film “Celle Que J’Aime”.
Marc is a member of Les EnfoirÃ©s & participates to caritative projects. He is also the founder of Papotin Association for autistic children.
Since 1995, Marc has been married to an authentic princess, Sarah Poniatowski. They have 2 children, Yasmine, born in 1998 & Roman, born in 2007. From a previous relationship, he had a son, Simon, born in 1984.
In 2007, Marc got the distinction “Chevalier De La LÃ©gion D’Honneur”.